Clearwater Jazz Holiday Brings Music to Baycare Ballpark | Diversions
CLEARWATER – If the past 20 months have taught us anything, it’s that even the things we take for granted can change. We have also learned that change itself is not necessarily permanent. Circumstances may force the postponement of traditional activities for the good of the community, but traditions should not be abandoned.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a perfect example of a community event that may be temporarily postponed. A Tampa Bay area cultural institution and one of Clearwater’s iconic music festivals, the four-day concert series returns this month, Thursday through Sunday, October 14-17. Due to the construction of Imagine Clearwater, the event will be temporarily relocated to BayCare Ballpark, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.
It will be a special presentation at reduced capacity. Tickets start at $ 10 in advance. Children 4 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Limited reserved seats and VIP tickets are also available. For more information, call 727-461-5200 or visit ClearwaterJazz.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterJazz.
Here is an overview of the musical lineup for the 42nd Clearwater Jazz Holiday:
Thursday October 14
- 3:30 p.m. – Doors open
- 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Ariella
- 5.15 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. – Gumbi Ortiz & Le Rendez-vous Electrik
- 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Eric Marienthal with The Silverman Brothers
- 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Kool & The Gang
Friday October 15th
- 3:45 p.m. – Doors open
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Gloria West & The Gents
- 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Special EFX All-Stars with Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Dave Livolsi and Joel Rosenblatt
- 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Jason Miles presents “To Grover with Love” with Jason Miles, Maya Azucena, Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman, Felicia Collins, Richie Goods and Adrian Harpham
- 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Saturday October 16
- 3:00 p.m. – Doors open
- 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Clearwater Jazz Holiday / Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Jazz Band
- 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Joe Marcinek Band with Taylor Galbraith, Ashley Galbraith, Tommy Shugart and Chris Sgammato
- 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – Lettuce
- 9:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. – Gloria Gaynor
- 10:45 p.m. – Fireworks
Sunday 17th October
- 3:00 p.m. – Doors open
- 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Lemon City Trio
- 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Lucy Woodward
- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Dustbowl Revival
- 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Snarky Puppy
The opening of the 42nd Clearwater Jazz Holiday will be Ariella.
Originally from Sarasota, Ariella McManus is an emotional singer and a rich composer. His music is an esoteric embodiment of sensory enlightenment, seamlessly fusing jazz, blues, bossa nova, samba, tango rock and soul. Teaming up with guitar maestro Nicolaas Kraster, the duo effortlessly craft a sonic vision underlined by poetic imagery and musical intimacy.
âWith passionate music performed at the highest level, with intimate and honest lyrics that express and embrace vulnerability, with masterfully played rhythms that can move mountains with a blast or a whisper, we believe audiences yearn to explore far beyond what music can offer, âKraster said in a biography on Ariella’s website. “Our mission is to share the music that inspired us through the songs we wrote and the covers we reimagined.”
There is little doubt that Kool and the gang has influenced the music of several generations. Thanks to songs such as “Celebration”, “Cherish”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Summer Madness” and “Open Sesame”, the band won two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top 10 R&B hits, nine Top 10 pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.
According to a press release from KTFA Entertainment Inc., Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their rock-solid funk and jazzy arrangements also made them the most sampled band of all time.
Since its inception in the early 1990s in Ventura, California, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has toured virtually non-stop, averaging over 150 shows per year while simultaneously producing a large catalog of recorded music with sales of over 2 million albums to date. From the start, during their legendary residency at Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world – in the midst of the grunge era no less – that it was still swing cool. The group, co-founded by vocalist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of this era, mixing a vibrant fusion of classic American sounds of jazz, swing and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.
After 25 years, 11 records, over 2,800 shows and countless film and television appearances, the members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show no signs of slowing down. The group’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has delighted audiences around the world with hit songs such as “I Wanna Be Like You”, “Mr. Pinstripe Suit “,” Why Me “,” You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight “and more.
The rebirth of the dust bowl has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventures and performing thousands of shows together in 10+ countries, the group has assembled a dedicated fan base from coast to coast.
After hosting five of their own ‘Sway-at-Home’ virtual festivals during the pandemic shutdown, the ever-evolving group of string and brass players led by founding members Z. Lupetin, Josh Heffernan, Ulf Bjorlin has recently welcomed a new wave of talent to the group. Now emerging from a pandemic tour hiatus, the group is about to hit the road again.
Dustbowl Revival is known for its joyful and overwhelming soul songs and breathtaking folk-rock ballads that enhance their transcendent concerts. Still, with the band’s emotional new single “Beside You” and ambitious 2020 full album “Is It You, Is It Me”, they wanted to venture into new ground. The latest album strikes a more personal note than ever, representing the final stage of a group that never stops exploring new sounds.
Snarky puppy is a collective of up to 25 members in regular rotation. They each have a busy schedule as sidemen, producers and solo artists. At its core, the group represents the convergence of black and white American musical culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, United Kingdom and Puerto Rico are all represented among the group members. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of playing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.
The group was formed by bassist and lead songwriter Michael League in 2003, starting quite quietly as a group of college friends in the University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program. Three years later, an intersection with Dallas’ gospel and R&B community transformed music into something more funky, more direct, and more visceral. It was around this time that the group absorbed musicians such as Robert “Sput” Searight (drums), Shaun Martin (keyboards) and Bobby Sparks (keyboards), and were heavily influenced by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright.
Safety and security
A number of safety and security measures have been put in place at Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Several items and practices will not be allowed at the event, including pets, with the exception of registered service animals; bags, except medical or diaper bags; and firearms, weapons, knives, tasers and other dangerous or dangerous devices or substances, unless carried by a police officer on duty or otherwise expressly approved by The Threshers. No food, bottles, coolers or cans may be brought into the stadium. Clearwater Jazz Holiday will follow the face mask rules / regulations set out for outdoor events by Baycare Ballpark and the Town of Clearwater.
For more information, visit www.clearwaterjazz.com.